Neela Banerjee, “Camp Joins Summer Fun With Teaching Hindu Faith,” New York Times, 07/21, (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/21/us/21hindu.html)

When looking at the Religion and Belief section in the New York Times, this article instantly caught my eye because of the  picture of a huge, smiling boy in the middle of the page.  On the page of the article there is a picture of a group of children praying before they eat.  The two pictures associated with this article give a positive impression of the Hindu children because they look very happy with what they’re doing.  This article is about how many Hindu parents, who have recently immigrated to the United States, are sending their children (who were born in the U.S) to weekend school and summer camps where they can learn of Hindu religious traditions, the culture of India, and be around other Hindu children.  One point of the article that I thought was interesting was the idea of how difficult it would be for Hindu parents living in America to teach their children about the ancient traditions of Hinduism without being surrounded by Indian culture. For instance, “In India, Hindus hear the epic Ramayana as a bedtime story, repeat the religious ceremonies of their households and celebrate festivals with the entire community” (Banerjee); however, in America, children are not continually exposed to the traditions of Hinduism.

One specific point in the article that relates to what we talked about in class about Hinduism is the fact that there’s much diversity in the practices and rituals of Hindus.  The author did a good job in explaining how it is sometimes difficult for Hindus to explain their faith to Americans because Hinduism is not as homogenized as Christianity and other religions.  Also, the language and tone of the author towards Hinduism is very positive and gives much empathy towards Hindus in their struggle to submerge their children in Indian culture while they’re surrounded by others at school who don’t know what Hinduism even is.

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